Thursday, December 8, 2016

Jesse Malin Plays Pawling on Sunday

Posted By on Thu, Dec 8, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Jesse Malin
  • Jesse Malin

If Jesse Malin were ever to leave New York (not likely), the entire old-school punk/rock ’n’ roll scene would surely collapse, such a lynchpin scenemaker he is. But besides making that scene via his curatorial involvement with vital venues like Coney Island High and Bowery Electric, Malin’s well known as a dynamic music maker himself, starting in the 1980s with hardcore pioneers Heart Attack and continuing with ’90s glam punkers D Generation and his current solo career. It’s in the latter guise that he hits Daryl’s House for a rare upstate show this Sunday.

Malin’s eighth and most recent album is 2015’s Outsiders, which continues the poetic, Springsteen-esque rock singer-songwriter style he’s been cultivating since 2003’s The Fine Art of Self-Destruction.

See and hear him and his band play the former album's title track on the BBC’s “The Quay Sessions” earlier this year:

Jesse Malin will perform at Daryl’s House in Pawling, New York, on December 11 at 8pm. Tickets are $20 and $25 reserved seating. For more information, call (845) 289-0185 or visit

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Ulster County's Steve Buscemi Collaborates on Spoken Word/Music Album

Posted By on Tue, Dec 6, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Elliott Sharp and Steve Buscemi
  • Elliott Sharp and Steve Buscemi

I’m not sure how many other locals are aware of it, but the great actor Steve Buscemi (“Boardwalk Empire,” Reservoir Dogs, Ghost World, Fargo, etc.) has been an Ulster County resident for several years. Sorry, I’m not going to say what town he’s in; I figure most A-list actors move up here instead of Hollywood because they like their anonymity and they love the area for the same reasons the rest of us do—and of course I respect that anonymity, as you should as well. I only bring Buscemi up here because he’s a local and was recently involved with a very cool musical project. And, as you may know, local musical stuff is my beat at Chronogram.

In 2014, Buscemi paired up with revered New York experimental guitarist Elliot Sharp for a performance at Brooklyn’s Issue Project Room as part of a city-wide celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of literary legend William S. Burroughs. For the collaboration, Buscemi read several retooled edits of the legendary Beat writer’s “cut-up” passages as Sharp created appropriately unsettling sound fields behind him. Luckily, for those of us who weren’t in attendance, the recorder was rolling, and the resulting document was released this year as Rub Out the World. On the disc, Buscemi’s disturbingly droning delivery is perfectly paranoid and Cold War-era-claustrophobic a la the spirit of the man himself. In fact, the whole affair shines a light on the perhaps heretofore unrecognized influence of the Naked Lunch author’s art on Buscemi’s approach to certain characters he’s played on screen.

Here’s the chilling “Taking the Virus”:

Rub Out the World is out now on the Infrequent Seams label. For more information, visit

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Hudson River Anchorages: Tuesday is the Final Day to Comment

Posted By on Mon, Dec 5, 2016 at 12:00 PM


The Hudson River could soon be a permanent home to a series of commercial shipping vessels holding oil and natural gas.

Kingston Flats. Port Ewen. Big Rock Point. Roseton. Milton. Marlboro. Newburgh. Tompkins Cove. Montrose Point. Yonkers Extension. The United States Coast Guard has plans to establish new anchorages from Yonkers to Kingston.Tuesday, December 6 is the last day to write to the Coast Guard about the action.

Jon Bowermaster from Oceans 8 Films has explored the potential problems that this proposal arises in his short documentary piece Anchors Away, posted below:

Hudson River at Risk 7: Anchors Away from Oceans 8 Films on Vimeo.

In the documentary, local boat captain of the Riverkeeper John Lipscomb and Scenic Hudson president Ned Sullivan discuss the devastating effects that the anchorages could have on the river. With more oil tankers housed on the Hudson comes more potential for spills and accidents, as well as a turn from scenic beauty to an industrial landscape made up of four square miles of industrial cargo.

Many local communities also use the river for recreation, fishing, and drinking water.

“I’m hoping that the public’s vocal concern will save the day, and we’ll be able to look back and say this was a turn in history for the river and the community that lives with it,” Lipscomb says as the video closes with a sunset on the peaceful waters.

The Hudson river has always been a lucrative means of trade, but this time, it isn’t textiles, fur, or merchandise—it’s crude oil. The water in the Hudson has improved since the 1960s according to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, yet the potential for further pollution is far from over. Let your voice be heard and find out more here.

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An Oasis Pages Relaunch

Posted By on Mon, Dec 5, 2016 at 9:00 AM


Girls and diaries seem to be made for each other. And in the case of Oasis Pages, they totally are. The diary encourages girls to explore their inner landscapes through inviting prompts, words lists, and inspiring notes. It’s got plenty of free space, too, for girls who write – and girls who might want to. Designed in 2014 by Grace Welker, the diary was published as a community endeavor with the support of crowdsourcing. On December 8th, it’s being relaunched with an event at Fiber Flame in Rhinebeck.

Fiber Flame Studio is a make-your-own mixed-media art space on East Market Street where all ages and abilities are invited to play. It's hosting Oasis Evening: Inspired Diary Writing for Women and Girls, which includes a talk on the magic of diary-writing, a discussion, and the opportunity for private writing. It’s great for anyone who loves writing or those who have always wanted to keep a diary, but weren’t sure where to begin. “Oasis Pages is about knowing that your voice, your life, your stories matter. There’s this amazing window in the teen years for self-discovery, for getting curious about who you are and where you fit in,” says Welker. “This upcoming event at Fiber Flame is a hands-on way for women and girls of all ages to share in the benefits of diary-writing.”

Oasis Evening: Inspired Diary Writing for Women and Girls at Fiber Flame of Rhinebeck: 18B East Market Street; Thursday, December 8, 2016; 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.; $10/person, or $25 for a ticket and an Oasis Pages diary. Tickets available at the door. Seating is limited. A ticket can be reserved by emailing

For every attendee, a diary will be donated to a girl-in-need through a Hudson Valley social service agency!
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Friday, December 2, 2016

“Unmasked!” A New Play by Raine Grayson

Posted By on Fri, Dec 2, 2016 at 9:00 AM


The New Paltz Players will present a new work that explores body politics and gender identity December 2 and 3.

Gender studies and body politics have been around for, but are slowly emerging in the collective consciousness as an important topic of discussion.

Judith Butler, an American philosopher and gender theorist, declared gender as a performance in her groundbreaking publication Gender Trouble, released in 1990. “Transparent,” an Emmy-winning American comedy-drama series on Amazon starring Jeffrey Tambor, was released in 2014.

This freshly written production by activist and SUNY New Paltz theatre student Raine Grayson details the female-to-male transition experience. Laughter combines with catharsis, and the show reveals the perils experienced by members of the LGBTQ community.

“This is a project two years in the making,” Grayson explains. “As a director and a writer, “Unmasked!” is serving me both as an educational process and a way to shine the right kinds of lights on new queer stories.”

Grayson's previous productions include his one-man autobiographical show “Trainwreck,” Shadowland Stages premiere “Four Voices,” and vignette reading “La Douleur Exquise.” The cast and crew in this community-based show will feature local theatre alumni and persona.

December 2 and 3 at 8pm, December 4 at 2pm at SUNY New Paltz’s Parker Theatre. General Admission is free, but first come first serve. For more information call (845) 489-5159, or visit their website.

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Joe Louis Walker Jams in Marlborough for Monday Residency

Posted By on Thu, Dec 1, 2016 at 4:00 PM

Joe Louis Walker
  • Joe Louis Walker

In the 1980s, Joe Louis Walker began burning up the electric blues scene in force via constant touring and soulful albums like Cold is the Night (1986) and The Gift (1988). Starting next week, Hudson Valley blues buffs will be bountifully blessed when the guitarist and vocalist settles into the Falcon for a month-long Monday night residency.

Born in San Francisco in 1949, Walker picked up the guitar at age eight and by age 16 was a steady presence on the Bay Area club scene. In addition to rooming with the great Mike Bloomfield, Walker (or JLW, as he’s also known) has played with a list legends that includes such staggering names as Jimi Hendrix, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, and Thelonious Monk.

In this 2012 clip, Walker and his band are joined by local guitarist Murali Coryell:

Joe Louis Walker will perform at the Falcon in Marlborough, New York, on December 5, 12, 19, and 26 at 8pm. Donation requested. For more information, call (845) 236-7970 or visit

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“A Holiday on Huguenot Street”

Posted By on Thu, Dec 1, 2016 at 3:00 PM


Historic Huguenot Street and the Reformed Church of New Paltz are hosting a weekend-long series of events, from Friday, December 2 to Saturday, December 3.

Take a holiday tour of the Huguenot houses, offered every hour from 5-9pm on Friday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday. Or, if you prefer, stroll down the early 18th-century street with some cookies from the Misty Mountain Girl Scout Troop. The Troop will be holding a cookie walk from 5-8pm on Friday and 10am-4pm on Saturday.

The street will be decorated for the season inside and out, and the museum’s gift shop will be selling ornaments, Steiff bears, jewelry, books, and more for those looking to get some items checked off their lists. If you still have some shopping to do afterward, The Reformed Church’s annual craft fair at Wullschleger Education Building will open at 5pm on Friday. “Soup on the Stoop” will follow on the church’s steps at 6pm.


Also on Friday, the Paper Lantern Light Parade starts at 6:45pm. Participants will walk from the Reformed Church to the Deyo House lawn for the community tree lighting soon after, setting the darkened street aglow. Lanterns can be purchased in advance here. After the tree lighting, Santa stops by the Deyo House porch, and guests are welcome to take photos until 8pm, when New Paltz-based jazz and swing group the Big Blue Band perform.

Duetimage Photography taking family and pet holiday portraits at 4:30pm on Friday and 9:30 am on Saturday at the Wullschleger Education Building, all proceeds benefitting the Humane Society of Walden.

If you’ve ever heard the carol “Jingle Bells” and wanted to experience a ride in a one horse open sleigh, there will be horse drawn wagon rides along the street on Saturday. Rides will depart from DuBois Fort, available every 15 minutes from 1-4pm for $5. Children three and under are free.

For more information, visit Historic Huguenot Street’s website.

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J.K. Vanderbilt Opens for Matt Pond PA

Posted By on Thu, Dec 1, 2016 at 9:00 AM


It’s one thing to know how to construct a near-perfect cocktail, to hold an understanding of the balance of flavor and subtle intention of every ingredient. It’s another thing entirely to transpose that knowledge of mixology onto making music. But Saugerties native and Kingston’s well-loved Stockade Tavern barman Josh Rosenmeier has a firm grasp on both, and he’s (finally) letting everyone know it. His performance name, J.K. Vanderbilt, like his music and his drink, is an homage to old America: sophisticated, meticulously crafted, and tough as shit.

With a debut album in production and set for an early 2017 release — one on which Rosenmeier played every instrument — J.K. Vanderbilt’s first single, “Shine a Light,” premieres here just ahead of his entrée regional performance this weekend. The album, called How to Build a Fire and being recorded and produced by Chris Hansen and Matt Pond, builds on the grit and spitfire of the single.

J.K. Vanderbilt opens for matt pond PA at Kingston’s Dutch Church Saturday, December 3, supporting their recently released LP, Winter Lives. Doors at 7 pm. Tickets are $15 in advance or at the door.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Pauline Oliveros (1932-2016)

Posted By on Tue, Nov 29, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Pauline Oilveros

This past Friday, we lost pioneering composer, musician, teacher, philosopher, and long-time Kingston resident Pauline Oliveros. Her work as a boundary-shattering artist was reflected by her life as a staple presence within the international creative music community and the hyper-local arts pockets of the Hudson Valley as well. Besides being one of modern music’s true, Nobel Prize-worthy mavericks—in terms of musical importance, as a representative from her own field, the avant-garde, she belongs right alongside her fellow area giants Pete Seeger, Sonny Rollins, and Levon Helm—she was always an incredibly kind, sincerely attentive, and caring person whenever I was lucky enough to bump into her around the area.

Here’s a link to a profile I did of Pauline for our April 2009 issue:

Here’s one of her most famous pieces, 1967’s “Bye Bye Butterfly”:

Pauline Oliveros is survived by her partner of many years, Ione, and the eternally resonating legacy of her Deep Listening Institute organization. She will be greatly missed by me and many, many others.

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Monday, November 28, 2016

KUBA’s Annual Snowflake Festival

Posted By on Mon, Nov 28, 2016 at 9:00 AM

  • courtesy of the Kingston Uptown Business Association

Santa Claus is coming to town on Friday, December 2nd, during Kingston Uptown Business Association’s (KUBA’s) Annual Snowflake Festival, and he’s arriving in an historic fire truck. On the festival’s main stage on the corner of Wall Street and John Street in uptown Kingston, there will be all sorts of performances to celebrate his arrival, including Music Together, the Center for Creative Education’s Energy and Pook performers, the Coleman High School Chorus, the Kingston High School Brass Band, and Ukraine Dancers.

The Snowflake Festival is the centerpiece of uptown’s holiday season and KUBA’s grateful gift to the community. Festival-goers can stroll the streets to the sound of Victorian Carolers and explore local shops and businesses who offer crafts, hot chocolate, and cookies. You might see The Ice-Man as he creates snowflake displays with dancing lights and music, or Mrs. Claus performing her holiday magic show with puppets, or The Heat-Mizer who juggles fire.

When you need a warm place to land, head to the Fireman’s Museum at 266 Fair Street, where they’ll be handing out treats and chatting up Kingston’s historic firemen’s heritage. At the Senate House at 296 Fair Street will be fixtures from all your favorite songs: a specially-decorated winter wonderland, carolers, chestnuts roasting over an open fire, hot apple cider, and a horse drawn carriage that you can ride! Visit with Santa in the Yorker Barn and grab a tour of the Loughran House, filled with seasonal decorations.

The Kingston Uptown Business Association (KUBA) presents the Annual Snowflake Festival in the Historic Stockade Business District of Uptown Kingston: Friday, December 2nd, from 6-8p; free! Make reservations soon to eat at one of the many delicious uptown restaurants that evening.

Don’t miss the child’s bicycle raffle at the main stage!
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